That Damn Etiquette

Jose Vilson Jose

When I read about the recent arrest of the infamous “Soulja Girl” (synopsis: she harassed an old lady on Atlanta’s metro train system, and the …

Gentrifuckation (part 1)

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Every morning, this is what my walk to the train station looks like: That thing I circled is The Ludlow. At first, it doesn’t look …

Truth Said In Jest

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Things to Keep In Mind When Attending a Movie / Play:1. Please turn off your cell phone when you come in the theater. I mean, …

Ewing and I

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An idol.The biggest of superstars. A warrior and a man all the same. That sweet fade-away. The sweat-drenched NY Knicks jersey, emblazoned with the number …

Leave Fame Alone

Jose Vilson

I recently saw one of the most disturbing videos of the year when I saw Chris Crocker (a.k.a. “Leave Britney Alone” guy) on MySpace, sobbing …

This Is Not a Parade Post

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After this post, you would think I’d be done with analyzing portions of my background. Then Sunday arrived: the annual Dominican parade. I had a …

And The Levee Was Gone …

Jose Vilson Jose

I just got back from New Orleans, after a delay with the airport shuttle (taxis are so indispensable), a delayed flight from NO to Charlotte, …

U, Black Maybe

Jose Vilson Jose

“I guess in his mind, though, there’s no doubt as to what I am. Suffice it to say, people immediately peg me as “Black.” That’s fine; there’s nothing wrong with that. What’s unfortunate, though, is how limiting these labels become. What does it mean to be Black in this country? And does it allow for people who don’t necessarily fit right in that slot?”

Hot Ghetto Discord / Fantastic Four

Jose Vilson

Just a little commentary if I may: The original purpose for the website “Hot Ghetto Mess” was to highlight the missteps of the Black community …